J. C. Powell

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Dr. Julius Cherry Powell (1926–1988) was an American academic teacher and the seventh president of Eastern Kentucky University.

Early life and education[edit]

Julius Cherry Powell was born January 23, 1926 in Harriman, Tennessee to Julius K. and Lucille C. Powell. He graduated from Harrodsburg High School in 1944 and then attended the University of Kentucky after two years in the military. He received his Master of Education Degree from the University of Louisville in 1952 and later received his Doctor of Education degree from the University of Kentucky in 1970.

Secondary Education Work[edit]

Powell served as a high school mathematics teacher at Atherton High School in Louisville, Kentucky from 1950 until 1953. From 1953 to 1957 he held a variety of positions including Assistant Director of Curriculum, Director of Instructional Services, and Assistant to Superintendent of the Louisville Public Schools.

University Work[edit]

From 1957 to 1960 he was a divisional director for the Kentucky Department of Education and joined the staff of Eastern Kentucky University in 1960 as an Executive Assistant to the President.

Powell held a variety of positions at Eastern Kentucky University including Dean of Business Affairs, Executive Dean, and Vice-President for Administration.

Powell became the 7th president of Eastern Kentucky University following Robert R. Martin's retirement in 1976.[1] He served as president until 1984 and was succeeded by Dr. Hanley Funderburk.


Powell died in 1988 and was survived by his wife of 38 years, Elizabeth D. Case, his two daughters Karen and Julia.


Built in 1971 the 110,601-square-foot (10,275.2 m2) $5.4 million J.C. Powell Building (Eastern's Student Center) houses meeting and conference rooms, a food court, the campus cafeteria, student lounges, a bowling alley, and an arcade. (The bowling alley and arcade are now closed)


  1. ^ "J.C. Powell". Discover EKU. Retrieved 9 May 2017.